Parents' Guide to

The Castaway Cowboy

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

'70s Disney adventure tale has mild peril.

Movie G 1974 91 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

A boring/inspiring movie

age 13+

ok movie

just boring and old just show your kids frozen again.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is an entertaining story that gets its biggest boost from the charisma and star power of James Garner as the confident Costain. With a nod to the movie Shane (that also featured an impressionable young boy and the mysterious stranger who comes to help), The Castaway Cowboy may attract kids who can relate to young Booton. The boy instantly idolizes the stranger and sizes him up as new husband material for his widowed mother.

The movie also spends more time on the trade craft and ins and outs of cattle herding than the average Western. The fact that Hawaiian vistas provide a beautiful backdrop doesn't hurt, either. And when Costain teaches his crew to sing "Come a Ki-yi Yippy Yippy Yay," it seems the education of the locals is complete. Note that the process of swimming bulls through the sea to load them onto a waiting cargo ship may seem insensitive to animal welfare.

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